Daocheng Yading Airport

Chinese Name:稻城亚丁机场

Daocheng Yading Airport (IATA: DCY, ICAO: ZUDC) is an airport serving Daocheng County in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan province, China. It is located in Sangdui Township, 50 kilometers north of the county seat and 130 kilometers from the Yading Nature Reserve.

At 4,411 m (14,472 ft) above sea level, Daocheng Yading is the world’s highest civilian airport, surpassing the previous record holder Qamdo Bamda Airport, in Tibet, at 4,334 m (14,219 ft).

Construction started after the airport was approved in April 2011, with a total investment of 1.58 billion yuan (US$255 million). The airport was opened on 16 September 2013. The inaugural flight was Air China flight 4215 on an Airbus A319 from the provincial capital Chengdu, carrying 118 passengers. The opening of the airport cut the journey time between Daocheng and Chengdu to one hour, which previously required a two-day bus trip.


Daocheng Yading Airport has a single runway that is 4,200 m (13,800 ft) long and 45 m (148 ft) wide (class 4C). It has a 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) terminal building that is shaped like a flying saucer with two aerobridges.[5] It is designed to handle 280,000 passengers per year.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air China Chengdu
China Southern Airlines Chengdu, Guangzhou
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Kangding